4 March 2014 update

Charles Hunter Peaseweb

Happy Birthday. Today, 4 March 2014, is the 190th anniversary of the founding of the RNLI.
Sir William Hillary is credited with founding the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, which, thirty years later was renamed the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
The charity’s RNLI lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 139,000 lives since then.
The biggest single rescue was in 1907, when lifeboats from Cadgwith, Coverack, the Lizard and Porthleven rescued 456 people from the liner Suevic.

There was a shout on Friday 20 Feb at 6pm to rescue a sheep stranded by the incoming tide at Ivy Cove near Scabbacombe Head. The unfortunate animal was recovered by the lifeboat and returned to the farmer at the Kingswear Ferry slip. There have been comments from people asking why the lifeboat is rescuing animals. Rob Clements, the Lifeboat Operations Manager replied, “There is the danger to human life of people attempting a rescue. In this instance there was the farmer, an RSPCA Inspector and a coastal path walker as audience to the sheep drowning on the incoming tide. Each case is considered on its merits and on this occasion was entirely the right thing to do.”

Coming up soon we have;
a talk on 12 March at the Dartmouth Yacht Club. Tickets are £5 at the DYC, at Yorkshire Building Society and at the door on the night. The speaker is Commander Jason Phillips RN, second in command of BRNC and a distinguished naval aviator. He will be speaking about Aircraft Carriers, which is timely, as the first of two large Carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth II, the largest RN warship ever built at 65,000 tons, will be launched this year. Commodore Jerry Kyd, Captain of BRNC for the last two years will be her first seagoing Commanding Officer. The talk starts at 7pm but doors will be open at 6.30, so why not enjoy a glass of wine before the talk starts.

On Thursday 20 March, also at the Dartmouth Yacht Club, we will be conducting our Annual General Meeting starting at 6.30pm with a glass of wine and starting business at 7pm. Our guest of honour and speaker is none other than the Chairman of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Mr Charles Hunter-Pease OBE. All Friends of the Dart Lifeboat, the Crew and Full Members of the RNLI are encouraged to attend. No doubt the Chairman will have much to say about the current state and the future of the RNLI and will take questions.

There is still time to sign up to become a Friend of the Dart lifeboat or to become a member of the RNLI and then come to the meeting to hear him. Please use the contact details at the foot of this message to do so.

 On Saturday 12 April we will be holding the annual Life Jacket check at the lifeboat station. There will be more details the next monthly update.

On Sunday 13 April (change of date) we are holding an Open Day at the Lifeboat Station for all “Friends” of the Dart Lifeboat and local full members of the RNLI. We start at 12 noon with a glass of wine or tea/coffee. There will be a chance to see the latest equipment on the boat and at the station and to meet some of the crew.

Finally, for those still unaware, we are holding a Gala Dinner at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club starting at 6.30 on Friday 9 May. This will be a star studded night. Our Patron David Dimbleby will be attending and will introduce the evening. Mitch Tonks, of Sea Horse Restaurant fame, Mark Hix and Tom Parker-Bowles, food writer, will provide cookery demonstrations and chat from the stage. There will be wine tastings and a four course meal plus an auction of impressive promises, incuding lunch aboard a nuclear submarine, VIP seats at Old Trafford, tea and a tour of the Palace of Westminster conducted by Admiral Lord West, an authenticated Arsenal Shirt signed by the first team squad and many others. Nick Crosley will compere the evening, Cdre Jake Moores will conduct the auction and for those with unlimited energy there will be music and dancing afterwards. Tickets are a snip at £75 per head. Contact Kevin John at kevinjohndart1@gmail.com (07967 155484) or Michelle Concannon (07956 538321) or Yorkshire Building Society in town.  All proceeds will go to the RNLI Dart Lifeboat but we need early bookings to guarantee the event, so please contact Kevin or Michelle soon.

Posted on Tue 4 Mar 2014 by John Fenton Lifeboat Press Officer

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